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Philosophy of Life
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[German Version]

The concept of philosophy of life or vitalism cannot be defined unambiguously; it is used as a label by a wide variety of philosophical schools. Their common denominator is that they begin with a view of life (IV) as a primary and immediate force or creative process, with less emphasis on being and more on becoming. In transcending the rationalistic subject/object division, they prefer a holistic vision that treats mind and body as one. Since the end of the 19th century, this visi…

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Höffe, Otfried, “Philosophy of Life”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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